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With the opening of Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi in April 2018, AccorHotels introduces the Fairmont luxury brand to an area celebrated for its pristine natural beauty. Located on the Shaviyani Atoll in North Maldives, which boasts one of the country’s largest resort lagoons, the stunning new property offers 112 luxury villas, each with a private pool. Secret Water Island Sirru Fen Fushi, which means ‘secret water island’ in the local Dhivehi language, is set on an exceptionally lush island bursting with flora and fauna. The picturesque locale is also surrounded by powder white sand beaches, peppered with thatched-roofed villas overlooking an endless turquoise sea. The all-villa resort is ideal for couples or families, and features 200 metres of infinity pools as well as luxury safari-style tented villas nestled in the island’s lush interior jungle. Coral Regeneration as Underwater Art Project Homage to the abundant sea life and pristine coral…

Guests at Hotel Heureka will be invited to discover the​Little Black Book of Secrets, exclusively prepared for a bespoke Venetian experience. Hotel Heureka is situated in one of the liveliest and vibrant districts in the city, in the north-western sestriere of Cannaregio. A walk along these quiet canals is an immersion into the very soul of Venice. Extraordinary churches, historical buildings, typical bacari eateries and enoteche line the waterways and there are unexpected glimpses of the lagoon and the islands beyond. Playing with the layers of heritage and design, Hotel Heureka enhances and enchants, weaving tradition and art into one boutique property. This palazzo, in which Hotel Heureka makes its home, dates back to the 16th Century and the sympathetic restoration now sees a smooth overlap between the architectural grandeur of the past and contemporary quirkiness of today. Having spent several years searching for their ideal property, the owners have discovered the…

Millennials are transforming the luxury travel and hospitality industry. Younger travellers are indeed seeking authentic travel experiences and shareable adventures when planning vacations abroad. According to recent research by the Boston Consulting Group, Millennials are 23 percent more likely to travel abroad than older generations and they already make up 20 percent of all global travellers. As a result, luxury hotels and travel agents need to find new ways to engage with the new generation of travellers. Authenticity and shareability are key to win Millennial travellers Millennials are inspired by stories of authenticity and truthfulness they see on social media. They want to experience traditions of the country they visit. Hotels who embrace values of environmental sustainability and social responsibility are also able to convey an essential sentiment of authenticity that younger travellers greatly value. In parallel, Millennials want to be able to share their experience abroad with their friends…

Following a series of award-winning design and renovation projects last year, Belmond reveals details of highly distinctive developments across its unique portfolio of hotels, trains and cruises in 2018. Beginning with the launch of three new Art-Deco Grand Suites on board historic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Belmond’s diverse range of designs honour timeless craftsmanship, celebrate heritage and tradition and look to the future working with innovative designers and local materials. “When you walk into a Belmond property you can feel the ‘soul’ of the place, and it’s our job to keep the soul and spirit alive with the design concepts. We are working with talented designers to carefully merge the genuine elements of the local culture with a modern-day relevance that resonates with our guest’s lifestyle and aspirations.” Comments Joe Ferry, Art & Design Director at Belmond. TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP, EXQUISITE RESULTS – VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS, EUROPE Three new private ‘Grand Suites’ launched last…

Presenting world-class cuisine for intuitive taste travellers, X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort is a new boutique hotel with an expertly curated portfolio of evolving menus, championing exquisite cuisine. Taking influence from France, the culinary capital of the world – dishes at this intimate new hotel meet the highest French culinary standards. With creative interpretations weaving together Thai and international dishes that lean heavily on fresh, local and seasonally inclined ingredients; the hotel’s Executive Chef, Alexandre Demard has recently received direction from renowned French chef Nicolas Isnard who was awarded a Michelin star in 2009 at L’Auberge de la Charme in Dijon, France. The first restaurant in Chiang Mai to receive consultation from a Michelin-starred chef, X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort’s Oxygen Dining Room sets a new standard for gourmet international excellence in Thailand’s cultural capital. Nestled beneath the leafy tamarind trees and facing the Mae Ping River, the contemporary…

Set in the Lhaviyani Atoll, notably one of the Maldives’ most bio-diverse areas, Hurawalhi Island Resort is setting new standards for an ‘outdoor’ practice and becoming one with nature. Just a 40-minute seaplane flight from Male, guests can stay in one of 90 Villas including 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas. The Villas are stylishly and beautifully conceived featuring soothing décor, sumptuous linens on king size beds, bleached wooden floors, and private terraces with panoramic views. For the first time, Hurawalhi͛’s 5.8͛restaurant – the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant, will be converted in to a yoga studio like no other. Underwater Yoga Experience Hurawalhi’s special underwater yoga experience will be led by Jessica Olie, fitness expert and author of #LETSSTARTYOGA. The captivating views of tropical fish around you as you move from one pose to the next will bring you even closer to a zen-like state of mind. Jessica…

Triptyque Travel concierge service believes that luxury is first and foremost about experience. They serve clients, both private individuals and businesses, who are looking for new sensations and undiscovered experiences. Triptyque Travel offers a new kind of luxury concierge service allowing you to “experience the unforgettable”. They aim to use their expertise to hand-craft meaningful, inspiring experiences, leaving every client with memories that will last a lifetime. From private flights and superyachts to luxury hotels and properties, five-star service, and staff close at hand – this forms the basis of the exceptional, highly personalised experiences they create. Tailoring Experiences Specifically for You To respond to clients’ needs, the Triptyque Travel concierge service acts as a personal assistant, working in close cooperation on a daily basis with an array of prestigious partners in the property, tourism, food and events sectors. Each experience is unique and exclusive, specially designed to suit your…

The Venice Lagoon is a treasure waiting to be discovered and the best way to do it is the “Baglietto Yacht Experience” by Blitz Exclusive. On board of Sibell, a 22-meter vintage motor yacht built in the 60s by Cantieri Baglietto, you can enjoy a unique tour where luxury, taste and nature come together to create a unique experience. About The Baglietto Yacht Experience The “classic” trip sees departure from Sant’Elena and a visit to the Northern lagoon which includes the islands of Murano, Mazzorbo, Torcello, Burano. The day ends in the San Marco basin, just in time for a romantic Venetian dinner. The offer is totally customizable: from itineraries to on-board services, the entire experience can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Fine Dining Aboard During the excursion, the boat will be anchored in the lagoon while guests will have the opportunity to taste the chosen menu in a…

Latest luxury hotel openings a part of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World includes… 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat: Lombok, Indonesia  Rooms from USD 750 per night: www.slh.com/7secrets – Opening 15 February 2018 This exquisite new resort – the only retreat privileged to be situated in Nipah Bay – maintains a balance of technology-filled interiors with traditional Indonesian architecture. Each temple-like suite features a European hydro massage Jacuzzi, private butler, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bathroom amenities, state of the art Italian technology system, Indonesian artworks and a unique minibar concept. Every bit of this resort has been meticulously handcrafted to provide the very best in luxury, including an exclusive check-in ritual and holistic signature spa and wellness treatments. Set beside the glittering sands and turquoise seas of Nipah Bay, this luxury hotel promises a made-to-measure escape. SLH Insider Tip: The expert hotel staff can arrange private excursions ready for your…

Private jets, on the face of it, are a hassle-free luxury. But dig a little deeper and you discover that, while some aircraft are indeed luxurious, the means of booking them has historically been far from hassle-free. The concept of being able to charter a jet to meet bespoke travel needs was developed with efficiency in mind – to get travellers across the world as quickly as possible. And it’s true that, once booked, private jets provide a seamless means of getting from A to B. No airport queues; no waiting in line to pass through security; no hassle. Stratajet was founded in 2011 by Jonathan Nicol, a former RAF fighter pilot, turned computer scientist, and they boast the most sophisticated technology in the private jet industry, making it the only platform capable of filtering through millions of calculations in mere seconds to return all the available aircraft for any given…

In Utah, the word Promontory has a special meaning, as it often relates to Promontory Summit, where the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States was officially completed on May 10, 1869. It was there the railheads of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads finally came together, combining east and west at Promontory Summit in Northern Utah. But to the developer Francis Najafi, the meaning of the word had a more symbolic context. Though it also defined a joining of east and west, it also defined a joining of nature and nurture, of family gathering and family solace. These were the roots of Mr. Najafi’s vision that became the foundation of the luxury multi-generational resort development, Promontory Club. Recently, we visited Promontory Club and observed how this vision was operationalized, as we experienced the winter identity of this exceptional place. We arrived late in the day, and our…

Lulu Group’s Twenty14 Holdings (the same group the recently bought Great Scotland Yard) announced its £85 million acquisition of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. As part of their commitment to preserve the history and grandeur of the hotel, as well as adding value to the community, Twenty14 Holdings will create new jobs in the UK by hiring local artisans to renovate the hotel’s Historical Caledonian Suites, expand the already illustrious food and beverages offering and extend the reach of the hotel to include an additional 50 keys. Built directly above the Princes Street Station building, The Caledonian has played host to well-known faces from around the world including film stars, entertainers and royalty. Today the hotel is the only part of the old station to have survived along with the cast iron entrance gates on Rutland Street. Guests are able to relive the rich history and heritage of this elite…

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resorts is unveiling a new Suites Experiences program, available exclusively to guests who book a stay in any of the hotel’s elegantly appointed suites. From VIP on-property perks to unique experiences around Rome, suites guests are provided with true insider access to the Eternal City, as cultivated by Rome Cavalieri. As part of the program, guests who book an Alcove, Vista and Corner Suite, as well as the premier Napoleon, Petronius, Planetarium and Penthouse Suites, are welcomed with a host of on-property amenities, including a VIP airport transfer, access to the Imperial Club and Cavalieri Grand Spa Club, and a special bespoke cocktail. To complement these amenities, Rome Cavalieri has cultivated partnerships with local artisans, designers, and other vendors to provide unique insider experiences around Rome for their enjoyment. Aligned to varying seasonal themes such as “Italian craftsmanship,” “Souvenir,” “Art & Tea,” and more,…

According to Virtuoso® the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel, wellness travel is a trend that will grow exponentially in 2018. Especially, for those who find a unique type of active tranquility in river cruising, the wellness component is crucial, as those who travel on river cruises hope for a kind of respite that traveling on water often brings, allowing for greater harmony, recalibration, and spiritual repurposing. Ideally, the river journey often combines greater destination immersion, combined with a wellness journey of inward enrichment. It is for these reasons that AmaWaterways recently announced that the company’s already popular Wellness Program – tested earlier in 2017 onboard their vessel, AmaLyra – will expand to six other ships in 2018. The concept of active traveling will become more of a rule than an exception, and especially with the many new offerings. AmaWaterways was first in the river…

The coming of winter is often a happy time, as defines a well-earned rest from all forms of Harvest, and to celebrate holiday gatherings. Synchronously, it is also a time when, due to cold and snow, every cell enlivens upon seeing twinkling lights on Holiday trees and wreaths, coupled the scent of good food everywhere. It is also a time where many European River cruise lines sail to the many European Christmas Markets, taking their guests to discover the Christmas Market spirit on the major rivers of Europe, especially the Rhine and the Danube. Viking River Cruises, AMA Waterways, and others take to these rivers during the season of Advent, the four weeks prior to December 25th. This is when Christians celebrate, through tree lighting, gift-giving, and carol-singing, the coming, or the advent, of the birth of Jesus on December 25th. Long History of the Street Market The Christmas Market…